Charles Town picks and analysis: December 3
Charles Town has an eight-race Saturday card. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Good luck!
Carryovers: Jackpot Pick 6, $2,436
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In the Saturday night opener, a two-turn event for $5,000 claiming fillies and mares, #2 Heidi T (5-2) was solid third last out and gets the nod for mild upset in competitive event to kick off the card. #1 Miss Corey (9-5) won last out and looms the logical favorite in this spot and certainly merits respect here. #4 Don’t Tell Grandma (3-1) was solid second last out and won three back for trainer Jeff Runco and could play minor spoiler role in this spot. #5 Selena Sing (3-1) won two back in Indiana but will gave to atone for modest effort in local debut here last out.
In this two-turn event for $4,000 claiming fillies and mares, #3 Thunderturtle (3-5) returns from Laurel and exits a tough starter allowance here two back and looms the one to beat at a short price for trainer Dale Capuano. #4 Chit Chat Girl (9-2) has been second four times in 15 winless outings this year for trainer Alfonso Arias but merits respect here for mild upset. #1 Upsy Daisy Do (12-1) gets favorable inside draw and could complete the trifecta at a generous price here. #7 Limonata (4-1) is also in quest of first win this season but merits respect for mild upset chance.
- Several local runners among Barbara Fritchie nomsThe nominations for the Barbara Fritchie Stakes upcoming at Laurel Park include several local runners, among them last year’s show horse Fille d’Esprit.
In this two-turn event for $5,000 claiming state-bred fillies and mares, #3 How Is She (4-1) exits allowance company and gets the nod for mild upset off the drop for trainer Dewayne Johnson. #2 Miss Lauren (3-1) won two back against similar and exits allowance event for this spot for trainer Tim Grams. #1 Carnival Lucky (7-2) was solid second last out for trainer David Walters and merits respect with favorable rail draw. #7 Heretodaygonmanana (5-1) will make her presence know late despite outside draw.
In this two-turn maiden $15,000 claiming, #8 Cowgirl Shine (6-5) was second at this level last out after exiting maiden special weight foes and looms the solid choice here for trainer Anthony Farrior. #1 Concert Hall (8-1) was good third in local debut and gets favorable rail draw with upset chance. #3 Gatita Suave (9-2) was seventh in career debut at Laurel last out against tougher and merits respect here. #4 Beethoven Frieze (4-1) was sixth in career debut against maiden special weight foes and deserves a look here for trainer Javier Contreras.
In this two-turn event for $10,000 claimers, #1 Proud Union (4-1) gets favorable inside draw for trainer Stacey Viands of Parisian Diva fame and gets the nod for mild upset here. #8 The Man to See (7-2) makes local debut for trainer Lacey Gaudet and merits respect in this spot. #2 Playboy Roy (9-2) has been third in each of last two outings for trainer Joan Reynolds and looks to continue that trend here. #9 Bet On Bitz (6-1) merits respect despite outside draw here for trainer Crystal Pickett.
In this rare, three-turn allowance for fillies and mares, #3 Determined Charm (5-2) graduated last out against maiden special weight foes and seeks repeat bid for trainer Phil Schoenthal. #2 Dry Well (4-1) makes local debut after spending her career facing tougher foes at Laurel Park and merits upset chance in competitive group. #7 Someday Is Today (2-1) looms the tepid choice here for trainer Anthony Farrior and deserves a serious look despite tricky outside draw. #1 Social Exclusion (20-1) makes local debut after facing similar at Finger Lakes and could complete several gimmicks at a generous price here.
- Which horses had the best post-CT Classic careers?Art Collector’s win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pegasus got us wondering: which winners of the Charles Town Classic had the best careers after their Classic win?
In this interesting two-turn allowance for state-bred two-year-olds, #4 Honeyquist (3-5) was the beaten favorite in the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic and gets chance to atone for trainer Anthony Farrior. #3 Juba’s Notion (6-1) won the Moscarelli two back then was fourth as the choice in the West Virginia Futurity last out for owner-breeder-trainer John A. Casey and deserves a look here. #8 Pinnacle Reef (12-1) has already been beaten choice in a pair of local stakes for trainer Jeff Runco but could finally deliver on that promise in this spot. #1 No Love for Juba (9-2) circled the field to capture the West Virginia Futurity last out for owner-trainer James W. Casey and will be running late here.
In this interesting maiden $5,000 claiming event to cap the Saturday card, #10 Red Prietess (3-1) gets favorable outside draw and looms the one to beat as the tepid choice for trainer Bobby Bailes. #9 Fessin Up (6-1) is still in quest of first win this season for owner-trainer John Stahlin but gets favorable draw and merits respect at a decent price. #8 Treat Me Special (9-2) was solid second last out in local debut for trainer Ned Allard and deserves a look here. #7 Blue Bonnie (8-1) has yet to hit the board in seven starts this year but could should be in a good spot throughout to complete several gimmicks.